Pirate-hijacked crew return to Turkey

19:55, October 21, 2009      

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The crew of Horizon-1, a Turkish ship which had been hijacked by Somali pirates in the Bay of Aden for 89 days, arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

The report said 17 members of the 23 crew arrived here while 4 people had to stay in Jordan due to problems in customs and the other two will come to Turkey by ship.

Aysun Akbay, the female captain of the ship, told reporters upon their arrival that they were terrified when the ship was taken over by hostages, adding that none of the crew ever thought such a thing would happen.

"There was shortage of provisions and water. Thank god we did not experience any other problems," Akbay was quoted as saying.

She said they went through hard times in the Bay of Aden, and she would continue to sail the seas as captain, but would never go to Bay of Aden again.

The Istanbul-based cargo ship was hijacked in July in the Gulf of Aden, and released by the pirates on Oct. 5 after the ransom was paid.

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